Currently on tour around the world with Éléanor (1 year and 4 months to our departure in September 2016, 2 years and 3 months today), we regularly receive questions through this blog or our Facebook page. Here are the answers to these regularly asked questions about preparing a world tour with a baby (or a young child – we have known the 2: parties with a baby, we have today – almost – a little girl !).
Two more articles will complement this one in the weeks to come: a FAQ on our travel (how to travel, money management, baby products …) and a more personal FAQ on our return … the next!).
PS: If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask us. We will respond as best we can!
Good reading ! 🙂
HOW MUCH TIME TO PREPARE THIS ROUND THE WORLD?
Everything was done naturally, the few months before leaving. But the organization did not seem insurmountable: to give the notice of our house (to rent), to sort out our belongings, to find a wardrobe to store what we keep, to make a mail redirection with friends and to take a first airline ticket. That’s it!
But, to be honest, Laetitia did not work and I work on my own: so we had plenty of time to handle this in addition to a very demanding baby !! And we did not have to manage the aspect “work” (dispo, resignation …).
WHAT VACCINATIONS DID YOU HAVE FOR YOUR BABY AND WHO ADVISED YOU?
We are not hyper-fans of the vaccines, but we made a number of them at Eleanor before we left. However, no vaccine is required to visit Asia, Oceania and North America (continents we had planned to cross). On the program: Japanese encephalitis, typhoid fever, meningococcal meningitis in addition to vaccines “mandatory” (in France) early childhood.
However, we could not make him the one for Hepatitis A (unavailable in France at the time of our departure), which seemed to us the most important (the most risk in the “developing” countries) and we (to reduce a number of vaccines too important at the time of our departure, but we will probably do it later, because it often goes into contact with animals …).
To know what vaccines to do (but also to prepare our “travel medicine kit”), we went to see a general practitioner specializing in travel medicine. The latter was recommended to us by the CHU of our city.
WHAT WAS THE CONTENT OF YOUR DRUGSTORE?
Our pharmacy kit was well stocked. Too garnished. Rather than quoting everything we took away, I would rather tell you what has really been useful (or could have been useful):
- Paracetamol (for children and adults) – this is the most important for us, to alleviate minor ailments
- For bad culinary experiences: anti-diarrhea (“Tyorfan” type) for us and rehydration sachets for Éléanor
- From the anti- mosquito product adapted version child / adult (we use this one, very effective in the tropical countries) + an anti-itch cream (of the type “Apaisyl”
- Organic sun cream (child / adult) and aloe vera gel (to soothe sunburn)
- Sprays of sea water diffusion (adult and child) to clean the nose (great to avoid colds and sinusitis!)
- A thermometer (useful in case of fever to measure the urgency of going to consult or not)
- An antiseptic, sterile compresses and dressings for the bobos
- Arnica cream to relieve blues and bumps (for Éléanor)
- A paste with water (+ a cream of the type “Bépanthène”) for the red buttocks
Overall, that’s it. And unless you actually go off-the-beaten track, you can find it all over the world … So, advice for those who leave: take only the bare necessities (and not in astronomical quantity!). If necessary, you will always find pharmacies and doctors.
A last trick that has been very useful: the breast of Laetitia (well, breast milk what!) That effectively cures conjunctivitis and small wounds of the whole family! And, for Eleanor, it calms tears and sorrow; and this is the best sleeping pills!#nichonpower 😉
HOW DID YOU DO TO LIMIT BANK CHARGES ABROAD?
Before we left, we opened 2 Nickel accounts . It’s simple (it’s done in 2 minutes in the tobacconist partners – see list on their website) and with is provided a MasterCard. The advantage is that there is no card payment fee, only € 1 per withdrawal (in France or abroad) with a ceiling of € 800 per week and that the money paid in foreign currency is debited from the account at the official rate of the day (many banks “cheat” – in their favor – there on …).
So, in theory, it’s the foot. Except that it eventually worked randomly. In some countries it worked absolutely everywhere, in others it was necessary to make 3 or 4 money distributors before it worked and in other countries it simply did not work at all. We did not understand the logic … No doubt a lack of agreements with some banks (yet the card is a MasterCard, normally supported globally …).
We had (fortunately) in addition to our conventional bank cards (a VISA first and a normal VISA) of our 2 banks: Crédit coopératif and La Banque Postale, which have worked absolutely everywhere.
In the end, the Nickel card, although it did not work everywhere, saved us a lot in bank charges.
HOW DID YOU PLAN YOUR ITINERARY? DID YOU SET OUT YOUR ITINERARY BEFORE LEAVING?
Before leaving, we had a fixed idea of the first countries we were going to visit (in Asia) and a list of distant countries that we dreamed of visiting. We have visited some (Australia, New Zealand), others (Polynesia, Mexico) and others (New Caledonia, Japan, Korea, Canada). Thus, our itinerary after Asia was constructed as we wanted and thought.
HAVE YOU TAKEN A “ROUND THE WORLD TICKET”?
At the very beginning, that was what seemed most logical to us so we took a round the world ticket from Emirates. Shortly after we bought it, we finally canceled it , because it lacked flexibility on dates.
In the end, we took one-way flights as we went (we had flights until December, for the next 2 months). This allowed us to have a great deal of freedom on our itinerary as I explained in the question above.
Did it cost us more / less? We have not returned yet, suspense !! I will make a special article “return of round the world” where I will reveal that! #teasing
DO YOU HAVE TRAVEL INSURANCE?
For the first time in our life as travelers, we have purchased travel insurance. On the one hand because we were leaving for the first time on a long journey and on the other hand, because we were traveling with Eléanor, our baby.
We chose Chapka, well known to travelers. We can not recommend this company formally. The only time we called on her, when we were in Burma far from any big city and Eleanor was sick, the telephone assistance turned out to be very disappointing …